On a bloggin roll y’all! Waiting for some work photos to export- so figured I would get a little caught up on blogging since my husband says he never gets to see our pictures…so here we go! All caught up til Christmas…ha.
Last weekend we got to take a little mini-trip with a couple of our favorite people- Chris and Stacey Christopher. We went up to my grandparents little cabin in Cascade and has a nice relaxing time eating, laying around, and whooping ass at hand and foot. It was a close call, after 3 games- the boys barely won…barely. AND WE DECLARE A REMATCH- YOU HEAR!?
It was nice to see some snow on the ground (it is beautiful up there right now) but we were a little disappointed that our fave Salmon River Brewery in McCall was closed for the weekend (apparently they are moving to a new location?) since we were looking forward to a hot BBQ’d pretzel (de-friggin-lish) and Chris was looking forward to eating a spicy wiener… next time, next time. I also got to visit the BEAUTIFUL Tamarack Resort in Donnelly for the first time- I had heard stories, but I am absolutely shocked to see it in person. What a huge waste- NOTHING is open for visitors and it looked like a ghost town. It is absolutely beautiful up there and there are some AMAZING cabins as you drive further in, I hope that someone can breathe some life into that place soon because it is an absolute tragedy that a place that amazing is sitting like it is.
All in all- such a fun trip, I feel so blessed to have such fantastic friends.
This Thanksgiving, we were lucky enough to have Matt’s parents come from Washington to share the holiday with us. Since we have the space (past years living in the smallest of apartments or some guy’s basement) we offered to do Thanksgiving dinner at our house! I cooked my first turkey (prepared by my mother…I couldn’t touch it- it looks like a slimy baby- and I was horrified by the “fun” insides she left in my sink…no thank you.
I did have the bright idea to make mason jar snow globes as a craft to do with the kids while we waited for the turkey…and although they didn’t turn out the way I had thought- we had a blast making them and the end result was still pretty cute.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Jars with a tight screw lid (I recommend getting shorter ones that have a wide mouth. Ours were a little to tall and skinny for our goodies and photos
Fun stuff to go inside we got little Trees and decorated them, I also printed and laminated some photos for us to use.
Glitter This is your “snow”
Washi Tape &/or String/Ribbon to decorate the outside
Water I know some of the tutorials do water-free…we just went for it!
Directions….as well as I can give them: Glue all of the decorations/photos that you would like to use to the inside of the LID (do not glue to the inside glass unless you arent using water, as soon as we put water in ours- everything glued to the glass popped off immediately and started floating…wah wah. I decided to just glue my picture to the outside of the jar after the fact because the picture I chose was too short to be seen in the jar. Once you are all decorated, add your glitter (a little goes a long way) and screw your lid on tight! Tie with your washi tape or string if you wish- but probably do this after you add water since you might get a little on the outside of the jar.
We had a great day all in all, and I am so blessed to have such wonderful in-laws to share these Holidays with. Love you guys: Hal, Jenny, Aaron, Hailey, Mason & Jaycee! Mandi, Drew, Triniti, Dane, Kendra, Greg & Gavin—we miss you guys like crazy and can’twait for the next time we can all be together!
Its hard for me to believe how quickly our first year of marriage has gone by! Seems like only yesterday that I was stressing about completing wedding crafts and we were just breaking in our new home…and now here we are- a whole year later and it seems like barely any time has passed. I am so sorry, I have been the absolute worst about posting in my personal blog. When you are busy with a career- anything that you like to do, can wait. And since I have been so slammed with the new store, I can hardly keep my thoughts straight- any downtime of mine has been spent zoning into mindless television shows like Snooki & JWow…its really all I can handle these days as far as complex thoughts outside of work. I decided that it is about time I get caught up since these really are my memories, and I can already barely remember them.
For Mr. Schoener and anniversary numero uno (4 years together!) we went up to the gorgeous city of McCall and stayed in this amazing cabin we reserved on the golf course in town. At first, we did’t know what to do with such a big space and just the two of us, but we shortly filled it with some great conversation, some stand-up comedy on HBO (if you haven’t seen Jay Mohr- watch it, I was crying…), and some much-needed time together. Although we already get to see each other day to day, I never want to forget how spectacular a man my husband is. Someone who can deal with my stress-filled busy life and is still my biggest fan. Someone who makes me feel beautiful on the bad hair days and genuinely loves me as much as I love him…which is more than I thought I could love anyone. The best man…and he is all mine!
We spent the weekend taking photos and video of our leisurely trip…I am seriously the worst- here we go, flashback to September!
I think winter has officially begun here in Boise, and there is nothing like feeling that deep bone chilling cold and hopping into a hot bubble bath- heck ya.
I have been on the search for a bubble bath that has a good bang for its buck- cuz for all of you who know me personally…this girl is a tad bit stingy when it comes to paying full price for something that isn’t a sure thing.
So while browsing the bubble bath section of my local Walmart, let’s just say that I was tempted to grab the 1.99 jug of pink and call it a day, but I have used the Dr Teal’s Epsom Salts before for sore muscles and thought maybe I should splurge for the 6-buck 34oz bottle of the “Soften & Nourish” foaming bath since my skin has been itching from the cheap crap I’ve been using mixed with this drying winter weather.
It says to use “a generous amount” but I have gotten away with a quick pour in my soaker tub and it has produced frothy long lasting bubbles! Seriously, after having to dump half a jug of “pink stuff” in previous baths, I am sold on the price of paying more for a good thing. Plus my skin doesn’t seem as dry- score.
Haha with the amount I have been working lately, sorry to say- this is about the most exciting thing I have to write about (I am pretty excited actually) so I am hoping soon I will have more time for posting from somewhere other than my bathtub from my WordPress phone app. In the meantime- stay warm and no matter how busy you are, everyone needs to make time for themselves in a bubble bath with a smart phone.
You know, its really funny how I find myself in these weird funks every now and then. It is like the preparation before wintertime where I am soooo exhausted and tired of working that all I want to do is watch back-to-back trash tv in sweatpants in front of a heater. Real inspiring, I know. But I am trying to keep up on the keepin on…or something. Let’s call it out- I have been a disgraceful blogger and probably a worse housewife.
The new retail adventure has been just that, and adventure. We decided to jump in feet first and take on a business that we still have a lot to learn about. Purchasing inventory, finding the right store layout, making improvements, gaining money, flushing money, holy moly- it is a lot. Plus the grumpy customers don’t help, but the happy customers make the difference.
Yesterday- I had a lady tell me that the letterhead we have is “boring” and then another lady stole the backs off a pair of stud earrings we have for sale- like I wouldn’t notice that the woman who coincidentally lost both her earring backs in the store wouldn’t be the obvious thief. Oh yes, then I had a 18-20-something kid ask to borrow a marker and a cardboard box and proceeded to make a sign to hold along the roadside for money.
**Let’s just say that a retail environment is a slightly different world than what I had become accustom to with photography full time.
With everything else aside, nothing makes me happier than to come home to my incredible husband every day. I am so overjoyed to have each and every day with him.
(we went to McCall for the one-year anniversary, I need to do a post soon with the pictures we took. I am pretty proud of my little shutter bug and his photo skills)
Oh my gosh, I feel so incredibly guilty that I have let my poor little blog get so neglected. I thought I better write a quick post to update anyone who actually gives a crap-ola.
Marriage is going wonderfully. I feel blessed for every single day I have with this man. It seriously just bewilders me to think about my life and where I could have been and who I could have ended up with if I hadn’t held out. I mean, seriously- who could possibly be more perfect for each other? He has been so amazing throughout all of the stresses we have already dealt with this year. Emotionally, he has truly been my rock in the most painful time I have experienced in my life thus far (maybe one day I will have the courage to talk about). I am seriously so lucky. *Ah! here come the waterworks! Man, I really just couldn’t handle it without him.
Work. Wow, yes work. My photography business is awesome. We have truly had the most perfect clients this year. Really, Ampersand couples are the BEST! Wedding season is always a lot of work, but it makes it so enjoyable when we get to work for quality people who we believe in, and more importantly- believe in us.
Now, something out of the ordinary popped up this summer- our favorite paper store “Paper Express” announced that they were closing their doors. With us wondering where in the world we would be able to order our specialty papers for our custom wedding invitations, we figured that there were a lot of businesses who were wondering the exact same thing. So, of course- why wouldn’t we just take over the store? Obvi. (Ya, obviously we are friggin nutso!) Frannie and I had a vision for the store and have now been open for about 3 weeks as “Paperie + Pen“—it has been a lot of learning and stress, but we are excited to fill the void that we have in Boise for ordering specialty paper as well as serving as a place for brides to go for custom & DIY wedding invitation supplies and services. WOW.
That’s really it. I mean, there is more to it- but yes, pretty much it.
Last week I took a trip to Utah with some of my very favorite ladies: Mom, Grandma Sharon, Melissa & her girls: Tatum & Teagan. We got to stay in the adorable “Swiss inspired” town of Midway- sort of near Park City. Although I desperately missed Matt, we had a serious blast- Mel & I went for run/walks around our condo, we all ate lots of junkfood, and got to enjoy the super awesome Park City Tanger Outlet Mall (yes, I was a good girl), not to forget- Ikea in Draper!!! Although the trip started off a bit rocky with a 5 hour hiccup in Twin Falls, when my grandma’s car had troubles, and another stop on the way back- the time we got to spend together was unforgettable. I am so lucky to have these beautiful and inspirational ladies in my life!
Some of you know that I am a real trash digger and a sucker for free stuff. So when I have the opportunity to build/paint something that used to be trash and make it awesome, it brings joy to my heart. DIY addiction.
In my search for the “perfect pallets” to build some patio furniture- I found these smaller pallets that actually have a closed bottom and are divided into two sections. All it took was a couple of 2×4′s to close up the 2 open sides, paint, dirt, and plants! Yay! Pop of color for our work-in-progress landscaping.
Here is a table/planter I made from a found wood box (I believe it is used to ship guns) and some cut 2×4′s. Some paint and succulents- voila! Now we have a place to set out drinks on our front patio and an excuse to buy more succulents (I sort of have a problem)!
Everything took me a few hours, a husband with a saw, and a hammer…. Chow. Chicka. Bow. Wow.
I figured it is probably about time that I take the time to blog the photos from our honeymoon. Considering it took place week before Christmas (hence all of the Christmas trees and Santa Claus! weird in paradise right?) 4 months later is long overdue…and don’t you worry- I have Christmas pictures coming up next! yikes.
This brings back so many memories of the amazing time we had in Maui. Enjoy our shutter-happy-ness (this is really only a selection of the loads of pictures we took!) and our portraits of our wooden native friends.
Mouthwatering for some more of that Wailua Wheat beer, bacon burger (the best I have ever had), and shaved ice with ice cream in the bottom!!! Yummmmmm-oh!
AND my husband is doing VERY well with the camera lately- so proud of him!!!!
I haven’t been great about posting lately, I know. We are gearing up for a big season at work- so I have been dedicating a lot of time to work. BUUUUT I have been thinking about this post for awhile and saving some pictures here and there. These are the things I have been cracking up about lately-
First up, cats or babies in wigs. I don’t know why I think they are so funny, but they are.
Next–I don’t even know where I came across these “head hammocks” I think maybe in skymall or something?
Found out about the “Boyfriend” pillows from Glee–but when I was looking for them online, I found these equally-horrible “Girlfriend” pillows too! Loneliness no more!
I am more obsessed than usual with Daniel Tosh & Tosh.0—I have always been a fan, but it is really a fave these days. Not much TV makes me LOL (lull) like Tosh.
This cat accessory…(no, I don’t even have a cat)
This is my favorite thing of all—Dogs in pantyhose! Especially the really fluffy ones. I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time…
There we go! Hopefully they can make you laugh as much as they make me laugh